Indin off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he will rely on his “tried and tested” strength during the three-match T20 series in Australia starting on January 26.
Harbhajan Singh has been selected in the India’s Twenty 20 squad for the Australia tour, which will be one of the last few events ahead of the World Twenty 20, to be held in India in March.
“I don’t think I need to experiment with anything like carrom ball or so. I have my core strengths which are the off-break and the doosra. It has given me results in the last 15 years and no one can take away my 700 plus international wickets from me,” Harbhajan told PTI when asked if he would unleash any special delivery with the World T20 round the corner.
He is perhaps not happy with his omission from the ODI team after an impressive performance against South Africa, but he would not speak a word on not being selected in the side.
India lost the five-match ODI series 3-2. He has taken 6 wickets in four matches at ana economy rate of less than 5.50 per over.
“I have had a very good ODI series against South Africa.
Right now, my focus is to win the World T20 for India. I have two World titles (T20 in 2007 and 50-over in 2011). So it would be really special if I can contribute for India in pursuit of a hat-trick of World titles,” said Harbhajan.
Happy for Ashish Nehra
The offspinner is happy that one of his closest friends in the Indian team Ashish Nehra comeback in the team after four and half years.
“Ashish Nehra has been a match-winner for India. He played a big part during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa and he was our unsung hero in the 2011 World Cup campaign.
Just check the scorebooks as to how many matches Nehra has won for the country. The semi-final at Mohali against Pakistan, where he bowled brilliantly at the death and never got selected for India for four long years,” said the 35-year-old.
For Harbhajan, “age can never be a criteria” for ignoring any individual.
“It’s performance which should be the final criteria. If I am in the Indian team and in the mix for the World T20, it is because I have done well in the IPL. And what is this all fuss about age? Are we 50 who find it difficult to walk. We are 35 and still performing. People have played international cricket till 38-39 years.”
“If I am performing and fit enough for international level, that should be it. Can anyone take away the experience that I have had for so many years? I know what it takes to win international matches for the country. I have been there and done that. I still have the hunger to perform — not only with the ball but also with the bat. I would probably bat at No 7 or no 8 and I can contribute with the willow too,” said India’s third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.
Harbhajan will lead Punjab in he Vijay Hazare quarterfinal against Himachal Pradesh and would like to drive home a point that he is good enough to be picked in the 50 over format also.
“I don’t need any extra motivation to play for Punjab. I have always enjoyed leading Punjab as I have done that quite often in the last two to three years. I hope we can win the Vijay Hazare trophy. We have a very talented bowler in Barinder Saran, who has been selected in the Indian team. He is a good prospect and hope he does well in the quarter-finals,” concluded Harbhajan.